DESN 0001 Design Practice (WSTC Prep)

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 700223

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Description Design Practice introduces students to the fundamental principles of graphic design practice. This unit investigates how the design process is applied to real-world industry design briefs to create a visual design. Students develop an understanding of the processes and practices used to support collaboration between clients, designers and specialists when designing and producing visual communications. Students are guided through the process of interpreting a design brief, creating and pitching a design response, presenting work for critique, incorporating critique into a design solution and producing highly refined design outcomes to a professional standard. Students work on a number of design briefs using industry standard work practices, including time management strategies, multi-tasking, strict delivery deadlines, brief comprehension and job documentation as well as client/designer coordination and negotiation.

School Western Sydney The College

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 0 Preparatory subject

Restrictions Students must be enrolled at Western Sydney University, The College.

Assumed Knowledge

Basic written English skills.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. describe and apply the processes and practices used to produce designs in the design industry and explain factors that influence these practices
  2. apply the basic elements and principles of the design process to execute the design brief
  3. describe and demonstrate the practices, techniques and processes used by designers in establishing briefs and in designing and producing designs that fulfil clients�f needs
  4. demonstrate competency in graphic design technology
  5. conduct research and analysis as well as clearly communicate a rationale for design decisions
  6. structure a brief
  7. apply project and time management skills to achieve client deadlines
  8. present, reflect and evaluate your own creative outcomes
  9. maintain and store design documentation and job diaries at a professional standard

Subject Content

1. Design industry overview
2. Requirements and methodologies of design practice
3. The design brief
4. Core design techniques
5. Managing and communication with clients
6. Project management
7. Project delivery and presentation
8. Documenting and storing project documents
1. Design industry overview
2. Requirements and methodologies of design practice
3. The design brief
4. Core design techniques
5. Managing and communication with clients
6. Project management
7. Project delivery and presentation
8. Documenting and storing project documents

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Journal – Portfolio development process – weekly job diary entries Equivalent to 600 words 10 N Individual
Report and present – Interview – Group Assessment Equivalent to 600 words 10 N Group
Design Project 1 – Design a brief – Group Assessment Equivalent 1,000 words plus visual elements 20 N Group
Design Project 2 –Design an innovative cover for the UWSCollege 2016 Diary (includes a design portfolio and project management documentation) Equivalent 1,500 words plus visual elements 30 Y Individual
Practical Exercises (x3) Equivalent 900 words in total plus visual elements 30 Y Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Trimester 1

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2022 Trimester 3

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